The ocean has taken up 90% of global heating since 1970, and the rate of ocean warming is increasing. By absorbing excess CO2 the ocean has also become more acidic. These changes – coupled with the many other pressure’s we’re putting on the ocean – threaten the health of vital marine ecosystems, from polar sea ice to tropical coral reefs.
But if we look after our marine ecosystems, they can play a vital role in pulling greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and enabling people and nature to adapt and build resilience to the impacts of climate change.
To protect and restore our ocean, we need to tackle climate change – and to tackle climate change, we need to protect and restore our ocean.
You cannot protect the oceans without solving climate change and you can’t solve climate change without protecting the oceans.- US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry